As we transition from the first half-hour to the second half-hour (seriously, MTV, nobody's fooled by your mashing two episodes together and pretending like you expanded the show to an hour), we see Derek and Paula lounging around all lovey-dovey. So Derek's getting thrown in the Gauntlet, then? It seems these two have been making out during all the time they've been ignored on the show thus far. Meanwhile, Danny, CT, and Brad talk about having to win this next competition possibly by themselves, if the girls smarten up and throw it. Seriously, look at Danny's arms sometimes. He's all bicep and no forearm. It's like he's wearing flesh-colored floaties. Nature doesn't do that to a body, Needles O'Bacne.
Danny and Evan tool around with the clue announcement, and while Nehemiah interviews about how much he needs to stick around, we see yet another segment with Derek talking about what he would do in the completely unlikely event that the Vets win and he's thrown into the Gauntlet. Seriously, the fact that we're focusing on Derek at all is as close to a dead giveaway as you can get. Darling Ryan tries to push Derek towards a mindset of choosing to go up against Frank, should the unthinkable happen, but Derek's assurances that he'd never want to go up against Ryan (they seem to be tight) nudge me closer and closer to this episode's conclusion already.